Monday, 2 June 2014

Welcome Back for Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Welcome to all my current pupils and anyone else who is studying Biology and Chemistry this year.
This blog will help you by listing my favourite internet resources for each of the Scottish Chemistry and Biology examinations at National 5Intermediate 2, Higher Grade, as well as Advanced Higher.

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@Biol_Chem_Phys on Twitter !!

There is an Amazon Link below which will help you if you would like to buy some of my favourite text books and I will also list past papers on there once this year's are published.

Good Luck with your Biology and Chemistry courses this year. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful and interesting. 

If you would like any tutoring please telephone me at 0141 956 4358 or email me at milngavietutors@gmail.com  Please note I also do Online Tutoring via Skype which can be useful if you live in a remote location for example in the Highlands and Islands.

(Please note these Amazon links are Amazon Associates links and if you purchase a book through these I receive a small amount of money.)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Oh No ! Its Revision Time Again !

Some people find it easy to revise, while others find it a struggle and need to find out what revision method suits them best.
  • If you are a visual learner, you might find it useful to create what's called a "Mind Map".  To make them good revision tools, the more ridiculous or colourful your illustrationsthe easier it can be to remember what you are trying to revise. Or you may prefer to use words on your mind map. Whatever way you use them, even just the process of creating the map can sometimes help you to structure the information from a section. And it does force you to think about what you are doing !
  • The way your brain works is it is much easier to learn things which you think are relevant. The brain actually then knows where to store the information to link it to other similar information. So, if you are really enthusiastic about your biology or chemistry then you might not have a problem, but if you struggle a bit, then how on earth to increase the relevance for you. Again Mind Maps can help as it helps you link similar information together. And watching videos / reading some of the links on our website will help you to see why the Biology and Chemistry content is relevant in so many areas such as medicine, horticulture, farming, and clever new materials and essential products etc.
  • Other useful revision methods include making a set of flashcards/flipnotes from your course notes, with a Question on one side and the Answer on the other. Then test yourself later or ask someone else to test you. Or try this with a group of friends. Again, you can illustrate the words with colourful pens and pictures etc - this can help you revise.
  • Try and make up sayings to help you remember things - for example "OIL RIG" is used in Chemistry to remember Oxidation and Reduction, or AT Glasgow Central in Biology to remember that A goes with T and G goes with C in DNA.
  • Trying Past Paper questions can also be useful once you have done a bit of revision. We have links to some that are available online, on our relevant pages.
Avoid just reading and reading and falling asleep as you are revising ! Keep your brain active and find your best method of learning. And Good Luck !

Sunday, 6 October 2013

SQA Website

The Scottish Qualifications Authority Website will give you past papers, exam timetables, etc
http://www.sqa.org.uk/

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A bit of Fun - Find out what happened in Chemistry on the Day you were born !
http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry/resource/res00001016/on-this-day-in-chemistry

Fun Periodic Table Song
An update on the original famous version which existed many years ago - here are some fun pictures and a song to go with it - it might even help you to remember some of the periodic table and what the various elements are useful for ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUDDiWtFtEM&feature=youtu.be

Index Notation
This comes up in all the courses so if you are not sure about why 0.1 is written as 1 x 10-1 then click here http://www.mathsisfun.com/index-notation-powers.html

SI Units
You should know about the SI units of measurement and mass - here is an explanation :
The Système International d'Unités (SI), is the list of units which measurements are based on in the metric system and which are used by scientists to have a standard when carrying out experiments.

For example the basic unit of length that is used is metres (m), time is measured in seconds (s), mass has a base unit of kilograms (kg), thermodynamic temperature is measured in kelvins (K),  amount of substance is taken as the mole (mol).


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Quote From Carl Sagan

Our passion for learning is our tool for survival.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Chemistry Tutor Milngavie : Chemistry Tutor Bearsden

Biology Tutor Glasgow : Chemistry Tutor Glasgow : Biology Tutor Milngavie : Biology Tutor Bearsden : Chemistry Tutor Milngavie : Chemistry Tutor Bearsden : Advanced Higher Chemistry Tutor Bearsden : Advanced Higher Chemistry Tutor Milngavie : Tuition Milngavie : Tuition Bearsden : Tutoring : National 5 : Higher Chemistry : Higher Biology : Kirkintilloch : Bishopbriggs : West End : Glasgow : Skype : Remote Tutoring : Online Tutoring

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Ethics

If you want to find out a bit more about some of the ethics involved in science research etc. here are some interesting links for further reading :

From Centre of the Cell :
Stem Cells, Cloning, Animal Experiements :
http://www.centreofthecell.org/centre/?page_id=3&ks=3

Stem Cells Information - including exercise on page 7/8 regarding ethics of an experiment
http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/modules/stemcellnew/.cfm?coSiteNavigation_allTopic=1

The debate around Plasticshttp://www.chemheritage.org/discover/online-resources/conflicts-in-chemistry/index.aspx

Ethics of Human Genome Project :
http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/modules/hgenome/hgp6.cfm?coSiteNavigation_allTopic=1

Ethics of Genetically Modified Plants :
Nuffield Foundation

Lots of different ethical issues discussed here, including the use of animals and humans in research, stem cells and cloning :